The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions.
A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.
And while there may be some situational irony in the fact that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer – a guy who once wrote that “there simply is no untouchable constitutional right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to keep loaded handguns in the house in crime-ridden urban areas” – just got robbed at swordpoint*, his wife and guests didn’t write that particular US Supreme Court dissent. We should show some delicacy towards them, at least.
Yes, I’m a big meanie.
*Well, it’s not a knife and it’s not an axe. Sword is about as close as you’re likely to get.